Tampa vs Vegas: Who is the better team
The Rise of the Golden Knights
An expansion team isn’t expected to be one of the top teams in the league during its first two or three years. But yet the Las Vegas Golden Knights have defied all odds and have risen to the top spot in the western conference. Vegas, lead by Marc Andre Fleury. The legendary Penguins goaltender decided to leave the Steel City and start for the Golden Knights. Fleury isn’t the only player excelling. William Karlsson who was an average player on the Columbus Blue Jackets has gone off having 44 points and 27 goals.
The Thunder down in Tampa Bay
Having made the Stanley Cup in 2015 and the Eastern Championships in 2016. The Lighting seemed ready to make a huge run last season. Injuries held them back. This year had a lot of potential coming in. Finally everyone is healthy and they are back on top in the powerhouse eastern conference. This season has been filled with a lot of success just like the Golden Knights. Steven Stamkos and Nikata Kucherov are playing like there 2015 selves. Brayden Point and Tyler Johnson have both played extremely well. On defense Victor Hedman has been playing out of this world despite a recent injury. The goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy has been good and ranks in the top 5 in save percentage.
What the Future Holds For Both Teams
Both teams have played each other twice. Vegas took both games, one by a last second goal. Tampa has been strong defeating top teams in the league. There is still a lot of season left, but it looks like both will be battling for the #1 seeds in their conferences and we could see a Golden Knights and Tampa Bay Lightning Stanley Cup matchup.